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Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Nintendo Wii Controller (Wii)
Date: 03/11/10, updated on 09/11/10 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Looks, feel and usability!
Disadvantages: Quite expensive away from a console bundle.
The Nintendo Wii remote contains what is essentially the key marketing
point of the whole console package, for it contains the irreplaceable
motion sensing ability we all know and (mostly) love. Whatever success
has come of the Wii as a console erupted from this one innovative
design criteria Nintendo have clearly focused a lot of time and money on.
Is there a satisfactory quality to the looks/appearance of the remote?
The remote matches (as it should) to the main base unit or console tower
as a pure white, clean looking device. The light-blue glow from the
controller's various LEDs matches that of the console and their
compatibility electronically is most definitely intact. However, the
general rectangular base from which the devices have been developed
is too prominent and maybe a more complex shape could have been used
to give the package that greater level of individuality. The appearance of
the controller's buttons, triggers and D-pads close-up is certainly satisfactory
as they both match with the consoles style and glow perfectly. Their
usability is also good given their excellent construction and durability.
How well made/durable is the remote exactly?
Mentioned in my previous review of the console, the tendency early on
for users and owners to throw (accidently) their controllers at TV screens
both proved the controllers structural entirety (as often it would survive),
and highlighted a key design floor in the whole idea of interaction through
motion sensing Wii-motes. Given its hard plastic exterior and the addition
of the rubber casing and wrist band now included, the device is both
extremely safe and very, very durable. The buttons are also quite large
and look as if they could take a considerable bashing from kids and
adults alike! - and it's the adults I'd be more worried about.
Will the Wii and its remote last in time?
Well, for a start developers have already released an 'extra-sensitive'
controller add-on which almost undermines the original release, but most
probably the controller, or more the ideas and design principles it raised
will last and be improved further through time by various organisations
How much can you expect to pay?
At Argos.co.uk I found the remote on its own for £27.99 which seems
expensive. I then found it on Amazon.co.uk for £22.75, however there are
cheaper alternatives (probably of lower quality), such as one Memwah model
I found for just under £14.00 on the same site.
If you want to buy the 'nun chuck' attachment remote which can be used
for various games requiring two separate remotes per player, Amazon
do a Wii-mote/nun chuck bundle for around £35-£40.00 - a decent
The console, complete with motion-plus controller and two games,
can be bought from Amazon again at 149.99. This is a fantastic
Christmas present for the family (exactly what we decided to do a few
Summary: Not sure about motion-plus, but the remotes good as it is!
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